Clark Fork girls stay undefeated


October 5, 2023

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Solveig Nygaard maneuvers the ball by a Whitefish player during Clark Fork's home win last week.

The Clark Fork Soccer U19 girls added two wins to their perfect season last week. They put on an impressive performance against the Whitefish JV girls last Tuesday at home with a 9-2 win, then traveled to Stevensville on Saturday where they won 4-2.

So far this season, the Clark Fork girls have scored 54 goals total and have allowed just 10 total of their opponents. Claire Wrobleski leads the team with 18 of the 54 goals.

The boys also won at Stevensville on Saturday, 1-0, improving their record to 4-3.

Against Whitefish, Ava Lawyer was able to score Clark Fork's first goal in the opening 30 seconds and added two more within the first 10 minutes. Katherine Wrobleski also scored three goals for Clark Fork. Maddie Carter and Wrobleski each scored one apiece and Elisabeth Weedeman found the net twice.

"Our last goal was truly exceptional and reflects our preferred style of play. It was a testament to the team's quick thinking. Our goalkeeper, Ava, initiated a brilliant attack by confidently dribbling out of the box and then finding feet for combination play through the thirds, leading to Maddie Carter's resounding finish," said coach Nick Lawyer.

Despite the resounding victory, Coach Lawyer emphasized that this performance was not an anomaly but rather a testament to the team's consistent efforts throughout the season. "This victory is not a one-off event; these girls have been playing exceptional soccer all season. They took a big step tonight with their play and they again show that they are ready for tougher competition," he stated.

Coach Lawyer said the game in Stevensville was a tense affair. While Clark Fork beat Stevensville 6-1 earlier in the season, Lawyer said this time around, Stevensville brought some of their older players. "From the outset the tone was clearly that the game would be more physical," he said.

Stevensville scored on their first shot on goal. "I think we were a bit unlucky to allow that first goal," Lawyer noted. "We had been pretty much camped out in their half for most of the early game. We must have had 15 shots and just couldn't get any past their keeper."

Katherine Wrobleski led the charge in scoring for Clark Fork with two goals, and Claire Wrobleski scored one. Jordan Costner also had a goal that was chalked off after an offsides penalty was called against Clark Fork, Coach Lawyer explained.

"Our combination play in the first half was excellent, the girls were moving the ball side to side and up and down the wings with a lot of danger. Crosses from the right and left were spot on. Moments before she scored, Claire had an excellent header that went just wide. This attack was something we worked hard on this week and I was impressed with how well the girls put our game-plan to work," the coach stated. He said it was good for his team to have a tougher game. "The score could have easily been more, but it's good for us to have to fight for a win. It's a bummer we can't play these tougher teams more often - we've got Stillwater in a couple weeks but that's really it for us. I know the girls revel in a tough win - and I'm proud of them for their determination in fighting for this game."

Clark Fork will travel to Columbia Falls on Friday.


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